I just got through listening to President Obama's speech to Congress - essentially a State Of The Union speech way before it was due.Nancy Pelosi obviously got freshly botoxed for the evening and looks like she just took a xanax or two, while Biden looks surprised and gratified to be up on the dais with the power players for once.
To listen to Congress, our supposed leaders bray like jackasses at what ensued out of the presidential teleprompter (only one quick shot of an angle that showed that) was enough to make you glad you weren't in the same room with them without a pair of thigh high boots on and some breathing apparatus to prevent being overcome by the stench.
Should you care to listen to almost an hour of excruciating BS, you're quite welcome to do so here. But I just did so you don't have to, and here's pretty much what's in it:
President Obama delivered a few happy talk applause lines, because his people obviously let him know that his grim dour pronouncements about the sky falling were scaring the country and the market to death, and the campaign's over - for now.
The current occupant of the White House let us know this is all Bush's fault, but he's going to fix it. He gave congress a high five for passing that huge, pork laden $3.27 trillion spending bill, repeating the horse manure about the supposed jobs it created "jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit."
Of course, he didn't mention that the time needed to engineer, plan and permit those projects means that any 'jobs' that result will come years from now and not 'stimulate' the present economy.Meanwhile, the money changes hands NOW, to the administration's favored players.
In other words, Chicago on a national level.
Biggest laugh line of the night? "I'm proud that we passed the recovery plan free of earmarks, and I want to pass a budget next year that ensures that each dollar we spend reflects only our most important national priorities."
A rail line from Disneyland to Harry Reid's pals in Las Vegas, bail outs for California, $4.2 billion for ACORN and $300 million for new cars for Congress to name just a few items - national priorities, not earmarks right?
To make sure that everybody gets what coming to them, the current occupant of the White House reaffirmed that Slo-Joe Biden, who's never run anything in his entire life will be in charge of making sure the goodies get doled out to the deserving Democrat political allies - and actually turned toward Biden, saying "because nobody messes with Joe, right?"
After which Biden wet himself, right on stage, grinning all the while.
Obama next discussed the so-called credit crisis, on the one hand sounding the old class warfare charge against greedy lenders for loaning money to people without the ability to repay and on the other hand bashing them for actually exercising more prudence now. Then, he announced Federally subsidized lowered lending underwriting standards to make sure that the problem continues...while keeping housing prices artificially high so that the shortage of reasonably priced housing continues. You can't make this stuff up.
President Obama is going to send a brand new budget to Congress, special for this 'crisis'. He's going to spend a lot more of your money.
Beneficiaries will include but are not limited to the public employee and teacher's unions, 'people who give to their communities' (that would be ACORN), Universities with inflated tuition costs, anyone involved with wind, solar or ethanol,and the new bureaucracy Obama plans to create to take over your health care.
Speaking of health care, I especially liked Obama's line about health care costs causing a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds. That comes out to about 1,051,200 a year...which is interesting as the total bankruptcy filings from all causes were 1,042,993, including personal bankruptcies, business bankruptcies, and Chapter 13 debt restructuring.
Just another one of those little white lies - pardon the expression- to gin up the peasants, hmmm?
Losers will be the oil and coal industry ( he plans to carbon tax coal out of existence), farmers,( look for high food prices to continue) national defense and the military. Oh, and of course, the 'rich' now officially defined as anyone grossing more than $250,000 per year. Of course, since Obama has so many better things to do with your money than you do, rest assured that the threshold of who's 'rich' is going to fall sharply. And, as my accountant informs me, that $13 dollar a week 'tax cut' for the deserving is no tax cut at all, but simply a tax credit. And since the tax tables are not being changed for next year, that $13 a week is income, and you'll simply be taxed on it next year! Ho ho, funny eh? Oh, and get ready for sharply increased energy prices.Global warming, y'know...and increased Federal and State tax money from higher prices at the pump.
At the same time, he claims he's magically going to halve the deficit he just vastly increased by the end of his first term! How that's going to happen when he keeps increasing spending by leaps and bounds and running the printing presses to make more money without generating massive inflation is a mystery as yet unknown to science, but I think it has something to do with a leprechaun and a pot o' gold somewhere over the rainbow.
Obama's going to pull us out of Iraq with all possible speed. And likely Afghanistan too because his party will demand it in the not too distant future, although he didn't say so. He's going to scrap missile defense and probably most of the military's new weapons systems.
And as an aside, I don't mind confessing that hearing the president praise our military and what they've accomplished in Iraq when he and the gang he was addressing did their very best to sabotage their mission, cut off funding and insult their commanding general made me want to hurl. Remember 'Petraeus - Betray us?' I do.
The fact that Obama is able to pull them out with success and honor is due to what our warriors accomplished in spite of Obama and his party's best attempts to sandbag them.
It was a speech designed to con the natives in style, offering them a few trinkets and beads while looting them of the more valuable stuff.And in this modern version of that famous story, the trinkets and beads get taxed at the end anyway.
I'm not sure what bothers me most - the absolute contempt the president appears to have for most of his fellow citizens or the fact that far too many of them continue not to realize it.